'As you explore exhibitions, workshop, and installations across the PUNQ Festival, be sure to have your phone on you to unlock an exclusive digital artwork, yours to download and keep.'
Created by the very talented Gai Copeman, Carole Howlett, Michael Pope, Gerald Soworka and Julie Woodlock, when you visit a PUNQ destination in Townsville, Magnetic Island, Ingham or Charters Towers and scan the Street View QR code, you will receive an artist’s impression– or Street View drawing–of the location you are visiting. All our locations right across the festival and at the art installations across PUNQ, will have a QR code featured for you to scan and collect a digital artwork from some of North Queensland’s more impressive sketchers.
About the Artist
Gerald Soworka gave up drawing at the age of 11 because he couldn’t do it “properly”. In his twenties he took up social documentary photography and installation using found objects. In his mid-thirties he ruined his back and had a lot of time on his hands laid up in bed. Learning to draw was a balm for the pain and depression of chronic disability. Being 25 years behind everyone else at art school gave his practice a sense of urgency. Today he’s still trying to get it right and to catch up before he peters out. He draws and teaches and encourages objective drawing as both a foundational creative skill and as a means of personal and psychological development. He’s based, as little as possible, in North Queensland with his wife and three chooks. Sketching is something he’s always been drawn to.
Michael Pope is a multidisciplinary artist and teacher based in North Queensland. His work focuses on documenting place and experience through a drawing practice. He is the cofounder of Urban Sketchers Townsville and a member of Murky Waters Studio.
Gai Copeman is a local artist whose medium is watercolour. She has travelled around Australia and overseas doing plein air painting wherever she is visiting. Copeman has taught watercolour and has had solo exhibitions and participated in a number of group exhibitions. She has a number of awards for her work. Her paintings are in private collections throughout Australia and overseas.
Carole Howlett was born, raised and gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art in the UK. Carole has lived in Townsville since 1996 and currently a resident artist at Drill Hall Studio, where she teaches regular art classes. Carole's main practices include painting and drawing in various mediums, with a focus on style and portrayal. For Carole, it isn’t just about the decision making and problem solving but her immediate response and first impression of a subject. This dictates her approach to the artwork, by using her initial reaction as a foothold. Carole enjoys the freedom of a painting but also the controlled construction of a drawing and believes they go hand in hand as her drawing skills improve her painting ability and vice versa.
Julie Woodlock is the artist behind the pseudonym 'julesartworks'. She has been painting for more than 30 years and became passionate about the environment when living in Darwin after she moved from her birth city, Melbourne. Her work was always around the extremities and harshness of the environment and the weather patterns. This is also where her interest in Indigenous knowledges started. Since coming to Magnetic Island her art has taken on a more provocative approach as she has became involved in protecting the Great Barrier Reef and the imminent threats to the global environment.
Townsville, Magnetic Island, Charters Towers and Ingham.
Mon-Thurs 11am - 5pm
Fri 11am - 7pm
Sat 9am - 2pm
Sun 9am - 5pm